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      47 SC schools to pilot teacher evaluation system

      Nearly 50 schools across South Carolina are piloting a performance-based system for evaluating teachers.

      So far, 14 districts have signed on to help finalize Superintendent Mick Zais' proposal for evaluating educators. Several more could be added before school starts.

      One of the most controversial aspects of the plan has been dropped from the 2013-14 testing period. Teachers will not receive an A through F letter grade.

      Zais had advocated letter grades as a way to clearly communicate teachers' performance. But educators opposed it as degrading, and the state Board of Education sided with them last November.

      Deputy Superintendent Charmeka Childs says letter grades could still be part of Zais' proposal next summer for a statewide evaluation system. But she says the move shows the agency is listening to feedback.